Relief of Nekhebu with offering lists

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2150 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 2382 and originally from G 2381


Overall: 18.5 x 30 x 11.8 cm (7 5/16 x 11 13/16 x 4 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This fragment in fine raised relief depicts three complete and two partial ‘kheker’ signs forming a decorative border design. There are traces of pigment, red faded to brown throughout and traces of blue pigment on the outline of the lower sections of the images. This is a non joining fragment but has been considered a continuation of the ‘kheker’ frieze in 13.4351.4.

This scene consists of four blocks in which only the top of the head of Nekhebu is visible, above his head are his names and titles and in front of him and above to the right are at least 18 narrow vertical colulmns of hieroglyphs with extensive lists of offerings. On the top of the offerings is a decorative frieze of large scale ‘kheker’ signs. The largest block, 13.4351.2, with extensive columns of offerings has been badly damaged and the entire central portion is missing.


From Giza, tomb G 2382 [(originally thought to be a tomb, but now known to be a jumbled deposit of limestone blocks from other nearby tombs)], court, originally from G 2381. Excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.
(Accession date: April 28, 2005)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition